The peak duration-specific locomotor demands and concurrent collision frequencies of European Super League rugby

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Weaving, Dan, Sawczuk, Thomas, Williams, Sean, Scott, Tannath, Till, Kevin, Beggs, Clive, Johnston, Rich D. and Jones, Ben. (2019). The peak duration-specific locomotor demands and concurrent collision frequencies of European Super League rugby. Journal of Sports Sciences. 37(3), pp. 322-330. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1500425
AuthorsWeaving, Dan, Sawczuk, Thomas, Williams, Sean, Scott, Tannath, Till, Kevin, Beggs, Clive, Johnston, Rich D. and Jones, Ben
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Understanding the most demanding passages of European Super League competition can optimise training prescription. We established positional and match half differences in peak relative distances (m·min−1) across durations, and the number of collisions, high-speed- and very-high-speed-distance completed in the peak 10 min period. Moving-averages (10 s, 30 s, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min) of instantaneous speed (m·s−1) were calculated from 25 professional rugby league players during 25 matches via microtechnology. Maximal m·min−1 was taken for each duration for each half. Concurrently, collisions (n), high-speed- (5 to 7 m·s−1; m) and very-high-speed-distance (> 7 m·s−1; m) were coded during each peak 10 min. Mixed-effects models determined differences between positions and halves. Aside from peak 10 s, trivial differences were observed in peak m·min−1 between positions or halves across durations. During peak 10 min periods, adjustables, full- and outside-backs ran more at high-speed and very-high-speed whilst middle- and edge-forwards completed more collisions. Peak m·min−1 is similar between positional groups across a range of durations and are maintained between halves of the match. Practitioners should consider that whilst the overall peak locomotor “intensity” is similar, how they achieve this differs between positions with forwards also exposed to additional collision bouts.

KeywordsRugby league; European Super League; collisions; peak locomotor demands; global positioning systems
Year2019
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Journal citation37 (3), pp. 322-330
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0264-0414
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1500425
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85050305796
Open accessPublished as green open access
Page range322-330
Research GroupSports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre
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